ENGL 204
Hollywood Film Spring 2020
Division I
Cross-listed COMP 221 / ENGL 204

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For almost a century, Hollywood films have been the world’s most influential art form, shaping how we dress and talk, how we think about sex, race, and power, and what it means to be American. We’ll examine both the characteristic pleasures provided by Hollywood’s dominant genres-including action films, horror films, thrillers and romantic comedies-and the complex, sometimes unsavory fantasies they mobilize. We will do this by looking carefully at a dozen or so iconic films, probably including Psycho, Casablanca, The Godfather; Schindler’s List, Bridesmaids, Groundhog Day, and 12 Years a Slave. In addition to the assigned reading, students will be required to attend free screenings of course films on Sunday evenings at Images Cinema.
The Class: Type: lecture
Limit: 60
Expected: 60
Class#: 3723
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance at free Sunday 8:00 pm screenings, two 2-page essays analyzing a short film sequence, two film editing exercises, a midterm, and a final exam
Prerequisites: a 100-level ENGL course, or a score of 5 on the AP English Literature exam, or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level IB English exam
Enrollment Preferences: English majors
Distributions: Division I
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 221 Division I ENGL 204 Division I
Attributes: AMST Arts in Context Electives
ENGL Literary Histories C
FMST Core Courses

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